Different? Same! by Heather TekavecDifferent? Same! by Heather Tekavec

Different? Same!

byHeather TekavecIllustratorPIPPA CURNICK

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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This clever picture book introduces the concept of animal characteristics by highlighting how there can be both differences and similarities within a group. For example, the zebra gallops, the bumblebee flies, the lemur leaps and the tiger prowls --- ?But look closer now ... We all have STRIPES!? And so it goes. Again and again, readers will be surprised to find that a group of four seemingly different animals all have one trait in common --- whiskers, horns, shells and the like --- for a total of thirteen traits in all. Observant children will notice that one of the animals from each group also appears on the following spread with three new animals that have a different characteristic in common. Finally, all forty of the featured animals are shown together, and readers are asked to search for those with specific characteristics not already covered in the book --- for example, those with spots, those who live in the ocean or those with six or more legs.

Author Heather Tekavec has discovered a fun and interactive approach to helping young children begin to explore the ways animals are classified. Pippa Curnick's playful and engaging illustrations of the animals in their habitats are all scientifically accurate, keeping the experience both enjoyable and informative. The searching activity also works to enhance visual literacy. With a detailed glossary included, this is an ideal book for introducing early lessons on the characteristics of living things and for starting discussions on the ways all creatures are like and unlike one another.
Heather Tekavec first fell in love with children's literature while working as a preschool teacher. Different? Same! is her eleventh published book and her first nonfiction picture book. Heather lives in Cloverdale, British Columbia.
Title:Different? Same!Format:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 10.45 × 9.35 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:10.45 × 9.35 × 0.65 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771385650

ISBN - 13:9781771385657

Appropriate for ages: 2


Rated 5 out of 5 by from We all have this in common!! Hurray!! Kids will go back again and again to thumb through this book I am sure. Why? It's challenging, educational and delightfully fun. The author has taken groups of animals and points out both their differences and similarities within that group. My all-time favourite is: "A walrus is blubbery, an elephant is wrinkly, a warthog is bristly, a narwhal is smooth .... but .... if you look closer now... We all have TUSKS! " The author takes four seemingly very different animals, that do four completely different things, and finds that one commonality that links them all together. How entertaining and enjoyable is that? She highlights creatures with whiskers, horns, wings, manes, and shells just to name a few. Kids will become detectives, closely observe the illustrations, then try to solve what is familiar to the whole group. The book is both engaging and interactive, very similar to an "I Spy" book or game. In the last pages all the animals are featured and the reader must search for those with characteristics that are not already mentioned in the text. The illustrations are expressive, action-packed and educational because the animals are presented in their proper habitat showcasing what they do best... being themselves. This wonderful book includes a glossary that may spark further research and conversations about the interesting creatures that we find in the world around us.
Date published: 2016-12-10

Editorial Reviews

Little ones will have fun examining the brightly colored, cartoonlike artwork, trying to figure out a common ground beyond obvious features such as mouths and eyes.-Kirkus Reviews